How’s that New Year’s Resolution Going?

Did you know that only 8% of the American population will stick with their New Year’s resolution for the entire year? New Year’s resolutions have become the motivation for goal setting and typically include dieting & exercising more or dropping a bad habit like smoking. But what about setting a professional development goal like learning a new skill or overcoming a fear like public speaking?

Although we set these resolutions with the best of intentions they are often forgotten quickly. In fact, statistics have shown that only 64% of people have maintained their New Year’s resolution by now. Not very encouraging. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard:

“Oh, I wish I weren’t so afraid of public speaking! I know I need to improve my skills in that area for work! That is going to be my New Year’s Resolution!”

But, talk is big and action is zilch. If improving your public speaking skills was your New Year’s resolution, maybe it’s time you take your plan seriously. There is a saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Making that first step toward being a confident and persuasive speaker when making presentations will be a step that will change your career path and income potential forever.